Screening classic films

Weekly youth film society in Sinjar gains popularity

SINJAR – A group of young people in Sinjar has established a vibrant film society that meets weekly at the Mirzo Institute of Music in the Khanasor area to watch classic films and discuss them to revitalize the city’s cultural scene.

“Every Friday, we meet at the Mirzo Institute of Music in Khanasor complex, north of Sinjar, to watch a film together,” said Nuri Issa, who supervises the events. “The screenings attract a large number of fans, filmmakers, and local youth. After the film ends, we open discussions about its overall themes.”

Issa explained that Sinjar’s, a Yazidi-majority area in western Nineveh, has a tradition of fostering gatherings and communication, where people would meet in specific places to discuss life matters. However, modern changes have led to a separation among people. The film screenings aim to revive this social heritage and strengthen community bonds.

Shukr Bakr, a film enthusiast, highlighted the impact of these gatherings.

“Every week, we gather and choose a film to watch, with around 50 people participating in each screening,” he told 964media. “These film screenings provide an opportunity think about cinema and films in Sinjar.”

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